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June 22, 2016

Obese dogs are four times more likely to rupture a cruciate than non-obese dogs

Extra weight puts undue stress on the body. In fact, obese canines are four times more likely to rupture a cruciate than non-obese ones, quote the authors of Canine Medical Massage: Techniques and Clinical Applications, citing a 2011 study published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice. But there are several things you can do, such as encouraging activity that fosters endurance but avoids straining the stifle with cutting and pivoting motions and more. Massage is also helpful, the authors note.

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